As I try to save money for the long arm quilter, this week I have worked on a project made entirely from scraps. The only thing I had to buy this week was the wadding because the front is pieced from scraps and the backing I had in stash. I know that it is ridiculous but when I work with scraps I feel that I am getting something for free. All the fabrics on the front have been used in other projects, some of them in projects on here, so it feels great to have a by-product quilt.
A friend lent me a book this week, Sunday Morning Quilts, which has been a revelation. There is a great section on making a slab of fabric and this is the technique I've used here in this baby boy play mat. I'm really pleased that I joined colours together and also used scraps to make the binding as well. The binding I did on the machine and is my best so far - I feel I am getting better at this. It wasn't planned, but this would also work well as an "i spy" quilt and there are lots of possibilities for playing pairs. This quilt is now on sale on Etsy here.
"Scrapisfaction" is how I am feeling about this. I've decided to set myself a challenge each month of making a "scrapisfaction" project. I think that using scraps makes you think harder about what you are doing but also makes you more creative as a result. I, like every quilter on the planet, have a few scraps and I would rather make them useful than leave them languishing in bags and boxes, waiting to see the light of day. What scrapisfaction project do you recommend I try next?